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"Great" is an adjective which is often translated as "estupendo", and "grand" is an adjective which is often translated as "grandioso". Learn more about the difference between "great" and "grand" below.
great(
greyt
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (fantastic)
a. estupendo
Christine has a great job. It's interesting and well-paid.Chistine tiene un trabajo estupendo. Es interesante y está bien pagado
b. genial
The concert was great. You should have come along.El concierto estuvo genial. Deberías haber venido con nosotros.
c. fenomenal
We had a great time at the party. We didn't stop dancing all night.Lo pasamos fenomenal en la fiesta. No paramos de bailar en toda la noche.
d. fabuloso
They have a great house, with wonderful views.Tienen una casa fabulosa, con unas vistas increíbles.
e. sensacional
It's a great movie, as is the novel it's based on.Es una película sensacional, como lo es la novela en la que está basada.
f. excelente
The wine was great and the food was delicious.El vino era excelente y la comida estaba riquísima.
2. (outstanding)
a. gran (before nouns)
You too can be a great actor.Tú también puedes ser un gran actor.
3. (important)
a. gran (before nouns)
This is a great step in my career.Este es un gran paso en mi carrera.
4. (very large)
a. gran (before nouns)
It was a great and spooky house that stood on the hill.Fue una gran casa espeluznante que estaba en la colina.
b. grande (after nouns)
The giant had great feet that crushed many houses.El gigante tenía pies grandes que aplastaban muchas casas.
5. (used to indicate intensity)
a. gran (before nouns)
If this ceasefire holds, it would be a great relief for us all.Si el alto el fuego continúa, será un gran alivio para todos nosotros.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (very well)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. fenomenal
You played great during your piano recital!¡Tocaste fenomenal durante tu recital de piano!
b. genial
My father cooks great. He makes some delicious soups.Mi padre cocina genial. Hace unas sopas riquísimas.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (important person)
a. el grande
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You're supposed to be one of the greats in this industry.Se supone que eres uno de los grandes en esta industria.
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grand(
grahnd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (impressive)
a. grandioso
My aunt's house has a grand garden with flowers and statues.La casa de mi tía tiene un grandioso jardín de flores y estatuas.
b. gran
This grand building is one of the highlights of the city.Este gran edificio es una de las cosas más destacadas de la ciudad.
c. imponente
If you enjoy grand architecture and great food, you must visit Rome.Si disfrutas de la arquitectura imponente y excelente comida, debes visitar Roma.
2. (ambitious)
a. gran (before a singular noun)
Beto's grand plan required the participation of certain key people in the government.El gran plan de Beto requería la participación de ciertas personas clave del gobierno.
b. grande
He has dedicated his life to fighting for grand ideals.Ha dedicado su vida a luchar por grandes ideales.
c. ambicioso
Her grand scheme ended up bilking taxpayers for millions.Su maquinación ambiciosa terminó por estafar a los contribuyentes millones.
3. (wonderful)
a. fabuloso
We always remember the grand adventures we had overseas.Siempre recordamos las fabulosas aventuras que vivimos fuera del país.
b. estupendo
The weather at the beach has been grand this week.El clima en la playa ha estado estupendo esta semana.
4. (in names)
a. gran
They stayed at the Grand Hotel in Michigan.Se hospedaron en el Gran Hotel en Michigan.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(amount of money)
a. mil dólares
He spent a grand on the new computer.Se gastó 1,000 dólares en la nueva computadora.
b. mil libras
A grand for a mobile? That's too much money!¿Mil libras por un celular? ¡Es mucho dinero!
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(musical instrument)
a. el piano de cola
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The pianist says he prefers playing a grand.El pianista dice que prefiere tocar en un piano de cola.
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